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David Letterman Admits Affair, Faced Extortion Plot

David Letterman Admits Affair, Faced Extortion Plot

David Letterman admitted on Thursday that he had sexual relations with female members of his staff and was the victim of a $2 million extortion attempt because of it.

Here’s what the 62-year-old star said on Thursday’s Late Show:

On giving a testimony: “This morning, I did something I’ve never done in my life. I had to go downtown and testify before a grand jury.”

On admitting to engaging in sexual relationships with staff members: “My response to that is, yes I have. Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would.”

On why he testified: “I feel like I need to protect these people – I need to certainly protect my family.”

With the help of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Special Prosecution Bureau, Letterman participated in a sting operation that included David handing a counterfeit $2 million check to the extortionist, who was arrested on Thursday.

Letterman married longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko in March (they’ve been dating since 1986). They have a son, Harry, who turns 6 next month.

UPDATE: Robert Halderman, a producer for CBS, has been arrested for extorting Letterman. Radar reports he lived with the woman who Letterman was involved with. The affair happened before his son was born but Letterman was living with his wife-to-be at the time.

David Letterman Admits Affair, Faced Extortion Plot
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# 1

and wow.. david letterman. did not expect that.

# 2

wow. I bet he has a lot of skeletons in the closet. I would have never guessed.

# 3

Agreed, unexpected. Having a kid at 56 is gross too.

# 4

never would have guessed. god does every man cheat in hollywood?

# 5

Not good…… on all levels.

# 7

Someone needs to tell this man that Mad Men is about workplace in of the early 60′s, the past. It’s not about today. Er well maybe it is….

# 8

oooooh. dramz.. yes, brings up the question, is it possible for ANY man to not cheat? Has it ever happened? I wonder. I wonder if there is a man alive who has not or does not cheat. I wonder.

# 9

You guys may consider Jay Leno boring but he’s been married to his wife for like 30 years and SEEMS to have a solid, faithful marriage. I am susprised about Letterman… would not have expected that!

I’m watching the show right now on the East Coast

En(e)ma Wattsun @ 10/01/2009 at 11:45 pm

I always regarded Letterman as a talentless bore and now he seems to be a sleazy klutz. How wonderful it would be if NBC (or is it CBS?) would dump him. He serves no useful purpose.

Didn’t he just get married for the first time? I mean when did these “relationships” take place? He’s only been married for a year

Not a big deal:
a) Letterman’s a comedian, not a poltician. He can laugh this off.

b) An obsessed stalker once broke into his home when he wasn’t there and killed herself. And another man tried to kidnap his son Harry in hopes of taking him for ransome. Remember Letterman makes about $30 million a year!

c) He is known for having many lady-friends. He probably has an open marriage so his wife probably doesn’t care,

d) David is the victim in this. No one deserves their private lives being looked into by anyone and than

d) David is the victim in this. No one deserves their private lives being looked into by anyone and than be blackmailed for it.

DallasDude @ 10/01/2009 at 11:51 pm

So he had an affair. It was a relationship between consenting adults. I don’t see why anyone would really care all that much about his private life. To me he is an entertainer, and I judge him on his ability to entertain me. Americans are so backwards when it comes to sexual relations.

Didn’t anybody tell this creep you don’t sh*t where you eat?

Dave, always talking sh*t about others, mean while he is cheating on his baby-mama; fcuking the help. What an assh*le!


You’re right ..David can laugh this off — His family and most Americans can’t and won’t.

Wow. Letterman is such a prick to so many of his guests. And to think he had all these skeletons in his closet. I never could stand him. Bye, bye Davie Boy.

It’s a disgrace. I’m ashamed at him. Never cared for his talk show though. He talks too much!

Dear Dallas. I would never condone blackmail, but for heaven’s sake who knows if it was really ‘consenting’ adults, especially in today’s economy. It could be more like sexual harassment of employees. Screw the boss or get fired. Sorry to be so backward when it comes to that.

It is hard for celebrities to stay true to one when they have all sorts of ladies or for woman celebs. gentlemen flaunting over them. They are only human and give in to temptations. At least he admitted it and hid nothing from his fans and I respect that.

DallasDude @ 10/02/2009 at 12:09 am

He’s an entertainer people, not God! So he had an affair. Why should anyone care other than those closest to him? Americans need to start moving towards a more progressive way of life, or we will be overshadowed by the new world order.

Well, he’d done it prior to being married…although this means that he cheated on his girlfriend at the time….well…I’m over it already….

DallasDude @ 10/02/2009 at 12:14 am

If it was not consenting, or a forced situation, that is a different story. But none of that has been disclosed. The fact is this affaire took place many years ago, and he’s not being blackmailed by the women, nor has she left his employment. All signs say it was between consenting adults, it ended and people moved on with their lives.

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